SPOKANE, Wash. -- Blinded veterans from across the country will come together August 20-23 in Spokane for the 68th National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association.
The Association is a congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of blind veterans and their families. The convention will be held at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.
Delegates and other convention attendees will set BVA’s course for the next fiscal year. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Senator Patty Murray will be speaking at the convention on August 21. Medal of Honor recipient Joe M. Jackson will also be speaking on August 22.
BVA's Operation Peer Support helps recently blinded and visually impaired vets make adjustment to help them lead sucessful lives. On Augus 19, some of those veterans went kayaking on Liberty Lake with volunteers.
There are 11,500 members of the BVA from the Spokane Inland Empire Regional Group.